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The Dirty Dozen – by Andrew Joppa (6/24)

There are moments when there is so much that needs to be said that it seems a waste of words to invest too deeply in any one topic. For that reason I’ll place below a series of thoughts pertaining to some areas that are contributing to a deepening malaise within our culture. My first four points will deal with the ... Read More »

Neither Princes, Presidents nor Popes – Andrew Joppa (6/22)

No idea has more worth than the idea itself. An idea doesn’t gain significance when it is expressed by someone of authority, position or, even of “genius.” An absurd idea of a genius is still absurd and a brilliant remark made by the village idiot retains its brilliance. As a retired faculty member I can attest to the general lack ... Read More »

American Tribalism – Andrew Joppa (6/19)

We are a nation of 320 million very diverse inhabitants. This is not the same as discussing “diversity” which relates to group identity…more frequently called tribalism. I write of true diversity which is a valid concept only when we speak of individuals. The diversity of group identity always spawns some variation of tribalism; one of the most destructive phenomenon in ... Read More »

A “Short” Message – Andrew Joppa (6/15)

I’m on a driving vacation right now…as I watched the trees flashing by it gave me the time to think about the pain of my early life…I can still remember….   …When I was twelve I won the Yonkers Little League home run crown.  As I went up to receive my trophy I could hear some parents say…”but he’s so ... Read More »

“Come on in – the Water’s Fine” – Andrew Joppa (6/11)

The loss of freedom in a nation seldom happens overnight. It is typically a slow insidious process where it erodes and finally vanishes. Freedom typically disappears not with a “bang, but a “whimper.” As with the metaphor of starting the cooking of a frog in cold water….the frog, and we with our freedom, won’t perceive the danger till it’s too ... Read More »

The Camp of the Saints – Andrew Joppa (6/5)

Few powers are more fundamental to American sovereignty than the control over immigration and the vesting of citizenship in aliens (naturalization).  Our Constitution states in Article I, Section 8, Clause 4… “The Congress shall have Power To…establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization….”   This power is given to the deliberative process of Congress since impulsive decisions in this area, driven ... Read More »

Generation Identity – by Andrew Joppa (6/4)

There is a movement developing some momentum in Europe…particularly France. The premise of the group, called Generation Identity, is that Europe is dying due mainly to the ideology of the ’68-generation; the generation which came of age after the Second World War. The ’68ers created the revolts of 1968 which brought about vast changes in Europe and America. In Generation ... Read More »

Envy, Resentment and Jealousy – by Andrew Joppa (6/3)

We have long been told, and lead to believe, that the driving and most dangerous emotion afflicting America has been greed. As best I can determine the word, as generally used by many Americans, means wanting more than you currently have. The connotation is given, however, that “greed” can only be realized at another’s expense. This suggests a “zero-sum” game ... Read More »

Civilization 101 – by Andrew Joppa (5/30)

Here are two things you should know about me before I start this piece. My younger brother, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 45, was gay and died from AIDS. He and his friends would vacation with me and my family at our summer house. I loved him…still do… and I liked his friends. All his friends ... Read More »

Inalienable Means…Inalienable – by Andrew Joppa (5/29)

The following quotation from Benjamin Franklin has gained a considerable level of currency within the debate over the reach of the NSA, certain provisions of the Patriot Act and the Federal government’s determination to protect our security. Franklin said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” If you search ... Read More »